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More about the Learning Disabilities team

We are an Integrated team made up of social care and health professionals.

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Speech and Language Therapists can help:

  • if you have problems with eating, drinking and swallowing
  • you to communicate with the people around you
  • your carers to communicate well with you
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Physiotherapists can help you:

  • when walking or moving becomes difficult
  • with  providing walking aids or equipment to assist moving
  • train you and your carers around improving your physical activity
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Learning Disability Nurses:

  • identify and meet physical and mental health needs
  • reduce health inequalities through promotion and reasonable adjustments
  • support decision making and consent (Mental Capacity Act)
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Psychologists:

  • help reduce psychological distress and improve quality of life
  • undertake psychological assessments and offer a number of interventions according to the need (e.g. individual therapeutic work, group work, family work and staff training)
  • offer mental health promotion and support access to mainstream services
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Psychiatrists can help:

  • in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems
  • people with their feelings. For example, if you are feeling sad, worried, angry or confused
  • recommend medication or talking therapies which help with these problems
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Social Workers:

  • assess people's needs and put service users at the heart of the assessment in line with The Care Act. 
  • put together Care and Support Plans to enable people to live as independently as possible in the community
  • work with families, carers and support staff to help people get the support they need.
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Magic moments

We asked our team member Karen about her ‘magic moment’ when working with someone with a learning disability.

“Latte Please” – an everyday request?

"The smile and barely contained excitement, said it all – “I did it”, I ordered a coffee.  This from someone that a few months earlier could not even make eye contact, let alone find the confidence to walk into coffee shop, make a choice of what to order and go for it. 

To experience their sheer delight in achieving this is priceless, and more than makes up for the months of hard work wondering if anything is changing and you/they are able to make a difference. There can’t be anyone, who at one time or another, have not felt anxious about doing something outside their comfort zone. 

"For some people with a learning disability, who may already have experienced being stigmatised and whose experience of the world is not always positive, overcoming these feelings cannot be overestimated" 

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